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2. Eliphaz's logic concerning the recompense of good and evil 22:1-30
Job 22 :1 22:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Job 22 :2 22:2 Can a man of might be of any use to God?
No, a man of insight is of use only to himself.
Job 22 :3 22:3 Is it a matter of delight to the Almighty that you are righteous?
Or is it a gain to Him that you make your ways perfect?
Job 22 :4 22:4 Is it because of your fear of Him that He reproves you,
That He enters into judgment with you?
Job 22 :5 22:5 Is not your wickedness great,
And is there no end to your iniquities?
Job 22 :6 22:6 For you have taken apledges from your brothers without cause
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
Job 22 :7 22:7 You have not given water to the weary to drink,
And you have withheld bread from the ahungry.
Job 22 :8 22:8 And as for the man of power, the earth was his;
And the man of honor dwelt in it.
Job 22 :9 22:9 You have sent away the widows empty,
And the arms of the orphans have been crushed.
Job 22 :10 22:10 Therefore snares are all around you;
And sudden dread troubles you,
Job 22 :11 22:11 Or darkness, so that you cannot see;
And an abundance of waters covers you.
Job 22 :12 22:12 Is not God at the height of aheaven?
And look at the highest of the stars, how lofty they are!
Job 22 :13 22:13 And you say, What does God aknow?
Can He judge through the deep darkness?
Job 22 :14 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, so He cannot see;
And He walks upon the circle of the heavens.
Job 22 :15 22:15 Will you keep the old way,
Which wicked men have trodden?
Job 22 :16 22:16 Such were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured forth like a stream;
Job 22 :17 22:17 Who said to God, Depart from us;
And, What can the Almighty accomplish for 1us?
Job 22 :18 22:18 Yet He fills their houses with good things.
But the counsel of the wicked is far from 1Him.
Job 22 :19 22:19 The righteous see and rejoice,
And the innocent deride them,
Job 22 :20 22:20 Saying,, Surely those who rose up against us are cut off,
And the remnant of them the fire has devoured.
Job 22 :21 22:21 1Be well disposed to Him and at peace with Him;
By such, good will come upon you.
Job 22 :22 22:22 Receive instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in your aheart.
Job 22 :23 22:23 If you return to the aAlmighty, you will be built up.
If you put injustice far away from your tents,
Job 22 :24 22:24 And place your gold nuggets in the dust
And your gold of Ophir in the stones of the brooks,
Job 22 :25 22:25 Then the Almighty will be your gold nuggets
And precious silver to you.
Job 22 :26 22:26 For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
And you will lift up your countenance ato God.
Job 22 :27 22:27 You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will repay your vows.
Job 22 :28 22:28 You will also decree something, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
Job 22 :29 22:29 When they cast you down, you will say, I am up!
And the alowly person He will save.
Job 22 :30 22:30 He will deliver him who is not innocent;
Yes, 1you will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.
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